As you might have heard recently, I have a new favorite book: Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card. It read it this summer, and before I was even done with it, my husband – bless his soul – took it upon himself to find me the rest of the Ender Saga at his store. I love him.
I just finished reading Xenocide, and… hmmmmmmmm. It was amazing.
Xenocide takes place about 30 years after Speaker, and it is an absolutely wonderful sequel. I loved getting better acquainted with characters that we were introduced to in Speaker for the Dead. I loved some of the big questions that Card asked:
- Where did we come from?
- How are we connected?
- Is there more connecting us than meets the eye?
- What does it mean to be alive? Sentient?
- Is there something biological about faith?
- Who decides if a trait is desirable or indesirable?
and more. Many of these questions were touched on in Speaker, but Card approached them from a new and fresh angle.
You’ve read Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead, I doubt you’ll be disappointed in Xenocide. I definitely wasn’t. And I’m excited to move on to Children of the Mind soon!